Thomas Sowell and Immigration

by Don Boudreaux on July 20, 2013

in Immigration, Seen and Unseen

Thomas Sowell is among the scholars whose works I most admire.  His 1980 masterwork, Knowledge and Decisions, occupies a very special place on my bookshelves.  (And it has the best closing line of any book that I’ve ever read.  By far.)  I could list other of Sowell’s many books and countless articles that I believe are brilliant gems, but that list would make this post too long.

The scholars from whom I’ve learned as much as I have learned from Thomas Sowell are very few in number.

But on some issues I disagree with Sowell deeply.  I believe, for example, that he too-readily accepts pop-conservative criticisms of “judicial activism.”  Even more importantly, I disagree strongly with Sowell’s opposition to more open immigration.  Mysteriously – for, to me, it is exactly that: a deep mystery – Sowell musters only very weak economic and ethical arguments in opposition to more-open immigration.

My former student Alex Nowrasteh goes into more detail on Thomas Sowell and the immigration issue.


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